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A c k n o w l e d g m e n t s This project has spanned every institution of higher education with which I have been affiliated, as a student or faculty member. My interest in Christ’s circumcision was sparked by a senior seminar in religious studies on “Circumcision : Male and Female, Jewish and Gentile” offered in the spring of 1994 by Shaye J. D. Cohen at Brown University; my final paper was on Jesus’ circumcision in Jacobus de Voragine and Thomas Aquinas (for which I think I received a B+). I entered graduate school at Duke University in the fall of 1995 with Jesus’ circumcision as a notional topic for study, before ultimately turning elsewhere for my doctoral dissertation. After the publication of my first book, I returned to Christ’s circumcision (with generous research support) at the University of California, Riverside, where I taught from 2001 to 2008, and now at my present institution, Scripps College in Claremont, California. I can only hope that the final product, the fruits of my (somewhat more) mature scholarship, will do justice to all those who have contributed to it along the way. I presented various bits and pieces of this work over the years at the following conferences, at which other presenters and audience members provided vigorous and invaluable comment: the Society of Biblical Literature, the North American Patristics Society, and the International Conference on Patristic Studies at the University of Oxford. I must also thank the following institutions for inviting me to present my work in progress in multiple, lively venues: McMaster University; the Claremont Graduate University, both the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity and the Institute for Signifying Scriptures; Brown University; Duke University; Boston University, both at a conference on sacrifice and in a joint presentation with the inimitable Paula Fredriksen; Indiana University; the University of California, Riverside; and Scripps College. I offer tremendous thanks to the following scholars who provided assistance over the years, from reading pieces of the manuscript to helping decode 314 Acknowledgments ancient texts and contexts to alerting me to previously unknown sources on Christ’s circumcision: Timothy Barnes, Jason BeDuhn, Daniel Boyarin, Ra‘anan Boustan, Denise Buell, Virginia Burrus, Catherine Chin, Elizabeth Clark, Eugene Clay, Shaye Cohen, John Duffy, Bart D. Ehrman, Susanna Elm (who helped me come up with a title), James Ernest, Georgia Frank, Christopher Frilingos, Jay Geller, Susan Holman, David Hunter, Dayna Kalleres, Jeffrey Keiser, Lawrence Lahey, Shelly Matthews, Simon Mimouni, Laura Nasrallah, Claudia Rapp, Walter Ray, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Philip Rousseau, Jeanne-­ Nicole Saint-­ Laurent, Christine Shepardson, Stephen Shoemaker, Maureen Tilley, Lucas van Rompay, Susan Weingarten, and Terry Wilfong. The generosity of colleagues enlivens the solitary nature of our work. I must also thank my research assistants over the years who helped in the day-­ to-­ day work, including final manuscript preparation: Kelly Meister at the University of California, Riverside, and Bonita Wilson and Beatrice Schuster-­ Smith at Scripps College. The staffs of Tomás Rivera Library at the University of California, Riverside, and Honnold-­ Mudd Library of the Claremont Colleges helped me acquire the most obscure of titles, in the most obscure of languages. My special thanks go to the editors of the Divinations series, who have encouraged this project over the years: Daniel Boyarin, Virginia Burrus, and Derek Krueger. I especially appreciate the attention and care given by the editorial staff at the University of Pennsylvania Press: Jerome Singerman, senior editor; Caroline Winschel, assistant editor; Noreen O’Connor, project editor; and Robert Milks, freelance copyeditor. Portions of this book previously appeared as follows: Early versions of pieces of multiple chapters: “The Kindest Cut: Christ’s Circumcision and the Signs of Early Christian Identity,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 16 (2009): 97–­ 117. Chapter 2: Copyright © 2007 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article , “Dialogical Differences: (De-­ )Judaizing Jesus’ Circumcision,” was first published in Journal of Early Christian Studies 15, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 291–­ 335. Reprinted with permission by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Conclusion : “Passing: Jesus’ Circumcision and Strategic Self-­ Sacrifice,” in Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice, ed. Jennifer Wright Knust and Zsuzsanna Várhelyi (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), which appears here by permission of Oxford University Press, Inc. This book, like my first, is dedicated to my family, which now includes at its head my spouse, Catherine Allgor, without whom the completion of this book would have been impossible. Placet, magistra. ...


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